Quotations of Wisdom

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Marshall McLuhan

I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it. [Q1460]

Ibni Sina

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. [Q1922]

Woodrow Wilson

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. [Q497]

Joseph Franklin Rutherford

If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man, you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness. [Q720]

Marshall McLuhan

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. [Q1445]

David Mitchell

My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops? &mdash Cloud Atlas [Q2092]

Thor Heyerdahl

Those who have experienced the most, have suffered so much that they have ceased to hate. Hate is more for those with a slightly guilty conscience, and who by chewing on old hate in times of peace wish to demonstrate how great they were during the war. [Q1542]

John Boyd Orr

Our civilization has evolved through the continuous adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge. [Q1149]

James Bryce

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. [Q2068]

Saint Francis of Assisi

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. [Q1402]

Nikola Tesla

Fights between individuals, as well as governments and nations, invariably result from misunderstandings in the broadest interpretation of this term. Misunderstandings are always caused by the inability of appreciating one another's point of view. This again is due to the ignorance of those concerned, not so much in their own, as in their mutual fields. The peril of a clash is aggravated by a more or less predominant sense of combativeness, posed by every human being. To resist this inherent fighting tendency the best way is to dispel ignorance of the doings of others by a systematic spread of general knowledge. With this object in view, it is most important to aid exchange of thought and intercourse. [Q1682]

John Boyd Orr

The increase of territory and power of empires by force of arms has been the policy of all great powers, and it has always been possible to get the approval of their state religion. [Q1154]

David Lehman

Words can have no single fixed meaning. Like wayward electrons, they can spin away from their initial orbit and enter a wider magnetic field. No one owns them or has a proprietary right to dictate how they will be used. [Q547]

Clarence Darrow

Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom. [Q1103]

David S Allen

Discourse democracy seeks to identify ways to make possible an open dialogue among citizen through the creation of public space absent governmental and corporate interference. — Democracy, Inc. Introduction (Page 2) [Q189]

Jonas Salk

Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun? — In answer to Edward R. Murrow's question, who owns the patent on this vaccine? [Q484]

Mohandas Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem. [Q568]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. [Q1078]

David S Allen

The "consumer" has replaced the "citizen" in American society. — Paraphrase of passage from page 10 of Democracy, Inc. [Q241]

Richard P. Feynman

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. [Q734]

Blaise Pascal

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth. [Q585]

Alan Greenspan

The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake. I cannot speak for others whose psyches I may not be able to comprehend, but, in my working life, I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealings and strict adherence to the view that for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. Human relations-be they personal or professional-should not be zero sum games . . . And beyond the personal sense of satisfaction, having a reputation for fair dealing is a profoundly practical virtue. We call it "good will" in business and add it to our balance sheets. . . Trust is at the root of any economic system based on mutually beneficial exchange. In virtually all transactions, we rely on the word of those with whom we do business. Were this not the case, exchange of goods and services could not take place on any reasonable scale. Our commercial codes and contract law presume that only a tiny fraction of contracts, at most, need be adjudicated. If a significant number of business people violated the trust upon which our interactions are based, our court system and our economy would be swamped into immobility. . . — June 1999 — Harvard University Commencement Address [Q1068]

Jesus Christ

Love your enemies, Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you... — Matthew 5:44) [Q2035]

Alan Greenspan

I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such as that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms. [Q1069]

Jesus Christ

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. — Matthew 23-13 YouTube [Q1610]

Edward de Bono

We prefer to put our trust in evolution. This is because evolution is gradual and allows the pressure of needs, values, reactions and events to mould ideas. It allows the shaping force of criticism. Bad ideas will die. Good ideas will survive and become even better. We really like the method of evolution because it fits our traditional thinking habits. Change has its own energy and we can modify and control this by the use of our critical faculties because criticism is the basis of our thinking tradition. Evolution is also collective and seems democratic, whereas design always seems autocratic. (From the book, I am Right, you are Wrong, page 19) [Q1997]

Plutarch

For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human. [Q776]

Henry Ford

The fear of loosing what you have blocks all avenues of innovation and advancement. [Q28]

Gautama Buddha

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? [Q3]

Sarah's Key

Sometimes our own stories are the ones we can never tell. But if a story isn't told it becomes something else; forgotten. [Q1878]

Noam Chomsky

Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. [Q155]

Carl Jung

If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool. [Q254]

Senator Paul Simon

The day I stop searching for truth should be my last. [Q1705]

Tony Hsieh

For me, my role is about unleashing what people already have inside them that is maybe suppressed in most work environments. [Q993]

Marie Curie

After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it. [Q325]

Plutarch

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt. [Q779]

Abdullah Ibrahim

When time and space and change converge, we find place. We arrive in Place when we resolve things. Place is peace of mind and understanding. Place is knowledge of self. Place is resolution. [Q1259]

Plato

The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine. [Q897]

Thomas Szasz

If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. [Q1521]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men. [Q1087]

Joseph Priestley

Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing. [Q1191]

Albert Einstein

Truth is what stands the test of experience. [Q300]

Debra Smith TED - Can we question the great thinkers

If it feels impossible it may be because you have not yet marshalled a compelling case/argument or presented it in an approachable fashion. There are times, however, that the mind you need to change has already made a decision based on limited knowledge it has. At this point that self-reflection should click in and you need to be asking yourself if they know something you do not. [Q1960]

Alberto Giacometti

In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist's obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession. [Q445]

Master Po

Even one of the royal house, should not punish an old man twice for the same offense. — Kung Fu television series 1972 [Q515]

René Descartes

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another. [Q1120]

Noam Chomsky

One conception of democracy has it that a democratic society is one in which the public has the means to participate in some meaningful way in the management of their own affairs and the means of information are open and free ... An alternative conception of democracy is that the public must be barred from managing of their own affairs and the means of information must be kept narrowly and rigidly controlled. — Media Control - The Spectacular Achievement of Propaganda [Q182]

Tupac Shakur

I'm a reflection of the community. [Q1308]

Carl Sagan

We are born to delight in this world. We are taught to distinguish our preconceptions from the truth. Then new worlds are discovered as we decipher the mysteries of the cosmos. Science is a collective enterprise that embraces many cultures and spans the generations in every age and sometimes in the most unlikely places there are those who wish with a great passion to understand the world. There is noway of knowing where the next discovery will come from. What dream of the minds eye will remake the world. — Cosmos [Q1238]

Ralph Johnson

Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable. [Q247]

Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. [Q604]

Claude Pepper

Life is like riding a bicycle; you don't fall off unless you stop pedaling. [Q1641]

Ward Cunningham

Scott — You seem to have a technical solution to what I might call "dysfunctional divergence" of thought. Blogs encourage divergence, perhaps to the point of dysfunction. Wikis encourage convergence, else edit wars produce dysfunction. There is surely opportunity to invent in the middle ground. — In reference to the Do Good Gauge [Q243]

Margaret Mead

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like. [Q1420]

David Hume

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. [Q1353]

Thomas Jefferson

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. [Q1192]

Blaise Pascal

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. [Q590]

L. Frank Baum

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. [Q502]

Julius Rosenberg

There had to be a hysteria and a fear sent through America in order to get increased war budgets. [Q1546]

John Boyd Orr

Some wars have been due to the lust of rulers for power and glory, or to revenge to wipe out the humiliation of a former defeat. [Q1153]

Senator Paul Simon

We have two major flaws — and a number of minor ones — in our political process: first, our system of financing campaigns, and second, the scientific pandering through polls that has come to dominate decision-making. [Q1818]

Phil Jackson

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts. [Q208]

The Beatles

Life is very short, and there's no time, for fussing and fighting, my friend. — We Can Work It Out [Q1373]

Grover Cleveland
 

What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something? Trust the people, trust their good sense, their decency, their fortitude, their faith. Trust them with the facts. Trust them with the great decisions. ... What wins is more important than who wins. [Q1843]

Konrad Lorenz

Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. The specialist knows more and more about less and less and finally knows everything about nothing. [Q1430]

Thor Heyerdahl

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity. [Q1539]

Scott Nesler

Science is a method of study using approximation. Typically there are more than one answer. Truth or right are not as important as understanding the winner is chosen based on a thorough knowledge of available information and the quest to explore new frontiers. [Q1608]

Meister Eckhart

God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk. [Q1626]

Wendell Berry

In the effort to tell a whole story, to see it whole and clear, I have had to imagine more than I have known. [Q1339]

Albert Einstein

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in the United States is closely connected with this. [Q311]

Robert Fuller

Hate is caused by unrelieved indignity; real or imagined. Imagined indignities can feel as injurious as real ones, and have led people to commit mayhem and murder. [Q1347]

Blaise Pascal

It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants. [Q591]

Senator Paul Simon

A better-prepared workforce means higher productivity. Higher productivity results in a lower unit cost to manufacture an item. Lower costs increase the likelihood of successfully competing with products manufactured overseas. This leads to higher sales, which results in higher profits. Everyone wins-labor, management, stockholders, the government, and the dollar. [Q2061]

Václav Havel

The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it. [Q1752]

Edward de Bono

Sometimes it is not enough just to be against something. Pressure groups can be powerful in bringing something to an end. But in many cases there is also a need for constructive ideas. (from the book, I am Right, you are wrong. page 22) [Q2000]

Ovid

Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish. [Q671]

Issac Asimov

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right. [Q1605]

Epictetus

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. [Q828]

Dante Alighieri

He listens well who takes notes. [Q1509]

Kathleen Parker

What happens when you win an argument based on half-truths? In politics, it doesn't matter. Winning is all that matters. In real life, the people lose. [Q1664]

Plato

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. [Q914]

Edmund Burke

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. [Q1870]

Plato

There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. [Q905]

Mitch Smith

I point to popular dichotomies as falsifications – the true vectors lie elsewhere. So you can’t say “Republican Vs Democrat” that’s a false dichotomy based on mistaken perception of the underlying structure of policy. When you strip that away, the true dichotomy is revealed – Empathy vs Apathy – and it exists all the way across the false map. Similar is Capital Vs Labour – there would be no labour as we know it without currency(capital) – just as there is no such thing as cold – there is only heat. [Q1983]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The faith that stands on authority is not faith. [Q420]

Václav Havel

We introduced a new model of behavior: don't get involved in diffuse general ideological polemics with the center, to whom numerous concrete causes are always being sacrificed; fight "only" for those concrete causes, and be prepared to fight for them unswervingly, to the end. In other words, don't get mixed up in backroom wheeling and dealing, but play an open game. [Q1775]

Margaret Mead

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. [Q1425]

Henry Lawson

We shall never be understood or respected by the English until we carry our individuality to extremes, and by asserting our independence, become of sufficient consequence in their eyes to merit a closer study than they have hitherto accorded us. [Q429]

Pythagoras

Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good. [Q923]

Hypatia

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. [Q1404]

Benito Mussolini

Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy. [Q1048]

Thomas Paine

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. [Q271]

Aristotle

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. [Q868]

Mohandas Gandhi

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. [Q557]

Isaac Asimov

Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. [Q702]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved. [Q409]

Socrates

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders.... They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and are tyrants over their teachers. — Attributed to by Plato — 380 BC [Q1388]

Ken Kesey

Take what you can use and let the rest go by. [Q1506]

Eric Raymond

Computer science education cannot make anybody an expert programmer any more than studying brushes and pigment can make somebody an expert painter. [Q675]

L. Peter Deutsch

To iterate is human, to recurse divine. [Q676]

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